September 2012

World Rivers Day Celebrations

28.09.2012 - Posted by Leonie Duncan
A thunderstorm was brewing overhead, but that didn’t stop a group of Alluvium Melbourne staff from commemorating ‘Walk to Work Day’ with an amble along the Yarra River this morning from Federation Square, past the MCG and onto our office in Richmond. This weekend there will be another significant day too. Yes, there is the Grand Final of course, but then on Sunday it is World Rivers Day!

To commemorate the occasion, the International Rivers Foundation is calling on Australians to reconnect to their river by holding an event, a celebration, or even just a toast to their local river. They are also running the ‘River Matters’ photo competition in the lead up to Sunday. Check out their website to see the entries so far and what prizes are on offer.

Capacity Building in South Australia

14.09.2012 - Posted by Rob Catchlove
Jonathon McLean and I recently attended the 10 year anniversary of Clearwater, the Victorian water industry’s capacity building program set up in 2002. From an initial focus on stormwater, Clearwater continues to evolve and is now moving from delivering technical information to the more important role of facilitating integrated water management. This is driven by the complexity of urban water problems, Australia’s growing population, a new policy on liveability, and new research. Thanks to the Clearwater team for putting on such a good event; we had audio-visual displays, cakes, photos, posters and canvases to write on.

The journey of capacity building in Australia in urban water management continues. Some programs focus on technical delivery, some on guidelines, some on advocacy and some on all of the above.

Shaun Cox (Managing Director of Melbourne Water) indicated, at the Clearwater anniversary, that the budget for Clearwater over the past ten years was equivalent to about one and a half wetlands. Not much really!

We have been contemplating capacity building options and models recently as Alluvium (with Kate Black Consulting) are currently working on Water Sensitive SA, a capacity building model for Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), managed by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board.

Site tour to Lochiel Park Green Village conducted as part of the project.

Seven agencies and industry groups are funding this important initiative designed to develop the nation’s best capacity building program linked to policy, industry groups and research institutions. This project is supported by an unprecedented have 16 industry groups. It is a pleasure to work with so many passionate and experienced people in SA. We are off to a great start and will keep you posted on further developments.

Brisbane team gets unique perspective on the Brisbane River

7.09.2012 - Posted by Steve Skull
The newly formed Brisbane Alluvium team recently stepped out of their comfort zones to have fun and take part in a team building exercise. The challenge was climbing Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge.

Alluvium staff are usually far more likely to be found walking alongside a river at ground level rather than on a viewing platform 80m above the water, especially for four of the five climbers who have varying degrees of “height phobia”. Undeterred, the team took up the challenge. Thankfully, the weather was superb and the team was treated to fantastic 360 degree mid-morning views of the city, albeit in rather fashion-challenged outfits!

Research shows team building exercises can result in greater innovation, improved working relationships and better morale and productivity. Researched benefits aside, it was also a great opportunity for the team to see Brisbane from a unique perspective, and take time out of busy schedules to get to know one another better. We also learnt some interesting history of our city and its river, and have started to think about our next team exercise.

We highly recommend the climb as a great team building experience and can also point to additional benefits to be gained from partaking in lunch at a nearby hotel following completion of the climb!

Tyson Smalley, Misko Ivezich, Steve Skull, Matt McIntyre and Ginni Glyde on the Story Bridge in Brisbane.